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Thursday, March 12 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Thinking/Writing/Reading Race: Responses from the Creative Writing Program at the University of Georgia

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The various intellectual interests of the faculty at UGA, which include Native American
Studies, Jazz, the work of James Baldwin, and Early American Literature, have made it 
possible to foster serious conversations about race and aesthetics within the Creative Writing  Doctoral Program. This panel will showcase the program’s breadth of disciplinary and aesthetic approaches. 

1) LeAnne Howe: “Race and American Indians: A reading.” 
Abstract: LeAnne Howe will read from Choctalking on Other Realities, one part tragedy, one 
part absurdist fiction, one part marvelous realism, a tribalography on race: "Today, Arabs in 
keffiyehs have replace images of Plains Indians fighting the US Cavalry. The fact that Arabs 
identify with Indians and not John Wayne isn't surprising.  We've both been enemies of the 
United States."   

Bio: LeAnne Howe (Choctaw) writes fiction, poetry, plays and scholarship that deal with 
Native experiences.  She’s received American Book Award, Tulsa Library Literary Award, a 
2012 USA Artist Ford Fellowship, and Fulbright Scholarship, among others.  She’s the 
Eidson Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens.  

2) Ed Pavlic: A Poetry Reading 
Abstract: Pavlic will read work from his newest book, Let's Let That Are Not Yet : Inferno 
(National Poetry Series, Fence Books, 2015 – Judge, John Keene). 

Bio: Professor of English and Creative Writing, ED PAVLIĆ’S newest books are Let's Let 
That Are Not Yet : Inferno (National Poetry Series, Fence Books, 2015), Visiting Hours at the 
Color Line (National Poetry Series, Milkweed Editions, 2013), But Here Are Small Clear 
Refractions (Achebe Center, 2009, Kwani? Trust, 2013) and Winners Have Yet to be Announced: A Song for Donny Hathaway (U Georgia P, 2008). Others works include Paraph of Bone & Other Kinds of Blue (Copper Canyon, 2001), Crossroads Modernism: Descent and Emergence in African American Literary Culture (U Minnesota Press, 2002), and Labors Lost Left Unfinished (UPNE/Sheep Meadow Press, 2006).

Among his current projects are two book-length manuscripts concerning the life and work 
of James Baldwin: “‘Who Can Afford to Improvise?’: Black Music and James Baldwin’s 
Political Aesthetic,” and “No Time to Rest: James Baldwin’s Life in Letters to His Brother 

3) Magdalena Zurawski, Cultivating Territory: Imaginary and Real Removal in Margaret 
Fuller’s Summer on the Lakes 

Abstract: In this talk I consider Summer on the Lakes, Margaret Fuller’s travel narrative from 
1843, as an example of literary cultivation in the service of American expansionism. Placing 
Fuller within the context of the British aesthetic tradition of the picturesque, I read her 
extensive citations of Wordsworth within her travel narrative as a transformation and 
continuation of the English eighteenth-century aesthetic practice, which enabled a rising 
middle-class to “possess” English land through the development of literary and painterly 
sensibilities. Fuller’s adoption of the picturesque, I show, enables her own literary cultivation 
to mediate an imaginary and subjective possession of formerly Indian land and thus serves as a psychological means of expanding real national territory. I argue that Fuller’s extension of European literary tradition into an American sphere as expressed through the excessive 
literary citations within the text aestheticizes her encounters with native Americans and 
permits her to imagine her encounters as an expansion of poetic tradition rather than as a 
hostile political act. Fuller’s dependence upon Wordsworth’s poetry and German literary 
sources in order to mediate her quasi-colonial position in formerly native territories presents 
a compelling example of intellectual cultivation in service of New World expansionism.

Bio: Magdalena Zurawski joined UGA's English faculty in the Fall of 2013. Her novel The 
Bruise was published in 2008 by FC2/University of Alabama Press. It received both a 2008 
Lambda Award and the 2007 Ronald Sukenick-American Book Review Innovative Fiction 
Prize. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and completed her 
PhD in American Literature at Duke University in 2013. Litmus Press will be publishing her 
poetry collection Companion Animal in the Fall of 2014.

4) Shamala Gallagher, reading form Mooncalf, a fabulist non-fiction essay

Abstract: I will read from my nonfiction manuscript Mooncalf, a lyric address to Caliban that 
shifts among creative and critical genres in its search for an understanding of "otherness." 

Bio: Shamala Gallagher's poetry has appeared in VOLT, Verse Daily, Copper Nickel, 
Timber, The Offending Adam, Word For/Word, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United 
States, and elsewhere. Her chapbook I Learned the Language of Barbs and Sparks No One Spoke is forthcoming from dancing girl press in 2015. She received her BA from Stanford University and her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT-Austin, and she is currently a first-year PhD student at the University of Georgia. 

5) Gabrielle Fuentes, reading from Settler’s Point

Abstract: My novel in progress, "Settler's Point," examines the insidious divisions of race and class on a religious commune in rural Northern Wisconsin during the Great Depression. Set against the backdrop of the Dust Bowl, Prohibition, and rising KKK violence, "Settler's 
Point" explores a community seemingly living outside of racial boundaries and yet founded 
on segregation and racial violence. 

Bio: Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes is from Madison, Wisconsin. Her work has appeared or is 
forthcoming in One Story, Western Humanities Review, Pank, The Collagist, Tweed’s, 
NANO Fiction, The Yoke, SpringGun, and elsewhere. She received her BA from Brown 
University and her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is currently a PhD 
candidate in the Creative Writing Program at UGA.

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Magdalena Zurawski

Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, Athens
Magdalena Zurawski is the author of The Bruise (a novel) and Companion Animal (a poetry collection). In the spring of 2019 Wave Books will published her newest poetry collection The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom. Currently she is working on a book-length essay on teaching... Read More →

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Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes

Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes is the author of The Sleeping World (Touchstone, 2016). She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the Millay Colony, Willapa Bay AiR, and the Blue Mountain Center. Her work has appeared in One Story, Cosmonauts Avenue, Slice, Pank, and elsewhere. Her story... Read More →
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Shamala Gallagher

Shamala Gallagher is a poet and essayist and the author of Late Morning When the World Burns (The Cultural Society, 2019). In its explorations of race, neurodivergence, class, and queerness, her work inhabits the anguished affects around privilege and marginalization. Originally from... Read More →
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LeAnne Howe

Eidson Distinguished Professor, University of Georgia
LeAnne Howe is the author of novels, plays, poetry, screenplays, and scholarship that deal with Native experiences. An enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, her first novel Shell Shaker, received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation 2002; Evidence... Read More →

Ed Pavlic

Professor of English and Creative Writing, ED PAVLIĆ’S newest books are Let's LetThat Are Not Yet : Inferno (National Poetry Series, Fence Books, 2015), Visiting Hours at the Color Line (National Poetry Series, Milkweed Editions, 2013), But Here Are Small Clear Refractions (Achebe... Read More →

Thursday March 12, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm MDT
UC 330

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